Astonish Us, Lord!
September 18, 2012
This is the fourth year in a row that these two Scriptures have come to me either in emails, in devos, from a friend. And it's always around this time of year.
And this one came to me during my fast and has shown up several times this year alone:
“This is what the Lord says, he who made the earth, the Lord who formed it and established it—the Lord is his name: ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know. ’
God is definitely up to something big. I can explain how I know it, I just do. In the past these Scriptures have seem to be for me personally. This year, I think they are meant for all of us. God is faithful, He's heard our prayers and He is about to show us some pretty cool things. So if you're struggling, if you're not sure how much longer you can go on in your mistmatched marriage, if you are losing hope that your prebeliever will ever come to faith, I want to tell you a story right from the Bible. I don't take any credit for this insight and I attribute my inspiration to a Bible study (James by Beth Moore).
Jesus was the oldest of his siblings. Scripture reveals that He had brothers. They didn't share the same father, obviously, but none-the-less, they were brothers. Did you know that His brothers didn't believe in Him? In fact, the Bible tells us this:
When his family heard about this, they went to take charge of him, for they said,
“He is out of his mind.” — Mark 3:21
Even by His own brothers, Jesus was rejected. The author and perfector of our faith was rejected in His own home just our own faith if often rejected by our loved ones. Think about that. If you ever doubted whether Jesus truly understands what you and I are struggling with on that intimate of a level, then doubt no more. We often overlook this aspect seeing His overall rejection and crucifixion, but Jesus endured this level of rejection on a personal level as well.
But here is where it becomes astonishing. By the time you reach the very first book in Acts, His family believed. All of them. Jesus' entire family is mentioned in Acts 1:14 as being present and united in prayer.
Jesus didn't give up on them. He knew they would eventually come to see the truth, and they would come to see that He was the Way, the Truth and the Light.
So don't give up hope my friends. Our limited vision can only show us what we percieve and understand right now. These limitations don't exist where our Saviour Jesus is concerned. He knows about all those hidden and unsearchable things that are at work right now in your life and in the life and heart of your prebeliever.
Call to Jesus and ask Him to show you what He's doing and to reveal Himself to you. He will. It may not be what you expect, but I know it will astonish you!
Praying & believing,
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